# What's different:
A nonprofit business operates almost exactly like a for-profit business in most ways. It still has to register to do business with the government. It still has to get revenue, pay workers, pay payroll taxes, and so on. In most ways, there's no difference. Where nonprofits and for profit companies start to differ is when it comes to things like who "owns" the company (for profits have owners, non-profits don't), taxes (nonprofits don't have to pay *some* forms of taxation), what kind of discounts they can get (nonprofits tend to get more discounts on things). The other major difference is that nonprofits *tend* to get most of their revenue through donations, which means that instead of selling products, you are asking for grants, donations, or gifts for the organization. We call that "fundraising" or sometimes "development", and any medium-to-large nonprofit is going to have some kind of dedicated fundraiser (including the executive director which is what CEOs are often-but-not-always called at nonprofits).
# Being your own boss:
As for being your own boss, I can tell you from first-hand experience that being your own boss comes with both great rewards and also great responsibility. It can be a very high stress role. But it can also be freeing. For me personally, having a leadership role has been hugely rewarding, but I should also acknowledge that even if you're your own boss, there's always someone you "report" to in a way. I report to the board of directors. If you're the sole owner of a business, you are beholden to your customers. And so on.
Congratulations to you on an excellent question, and I hope this is a helpful answer!
Source: I've started the nonprofit that runs the site you're on right now
Jared, CareerVillage.org Team recommends the following next steps:
Additionally there are professional networks you can leverage. Linkedin has an active "group" community where you can ask any question you like. In fact, they have a specific site for non-profits that might be a great starting point. https://nonprofit.linkedin.com/
As you get into discussions with the non-profit community, build that network and pick their brains. Professional networks are invaluable thoughout your career, so keep that in mind. As you build your career and potentially start your own non-profit, you'll be on the other side of the coin and will be the one asking for help. Again, your network and reputation will be invaluable here.
Linda recommends the following next steps: